Edward Irving Koch—three-time Democratic Mayor of New York City turned fervent supporter of George W. Bush—sent shivers through many of his old friends last week when he announced that he was about to disclose his presidential pick for 2008. After all, Koch still believes Bush was a fine president, and he still thinks that history will judge George generously. And Koch had been a big Hillary supporter all spring.
So I was not alone in assuming that John McCain would be Koch’s man this year.
But this morning, Hizzoner redeemed himself with a warm endorsement of Barack Obama for President of the United States-and it turns out that McCain’s pick of Sarah Palin was a big factor in Koch’s choice: